Johnsonburg javelin thrower Michael Shuey will join Team USA at the Tokyo Summer Olympic games being held July 23-Aug. 8.
Shuey, a 2012 Johnsonburg Area High School Graduate, qualified for the games by being ranked 23rd in the World by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAFF) as did teammate Curtis Thompson (24th), who edged him out for first at the US Olympic trials on June 21. Ten of the 32 Olympic throwers qualified via their World ranking. The Olympic standard is 85 meters.
Thompson won the trials with a throw of 82.78 meter. Shuey placed second with 79.24 meters. Ryan Dolezal, who placed third at the trials in Oregon, missed the Olympic cut.
Shuey looks to become the first American to win an Olympic medal since the 1972 Munich Games when Bill Schmidt earned bronze. Overall five Americans have earned medals at the summer games. Cy Young captured gold and teammate Bill Miller silver at the 1952 games held in Helsinki, Steve Seymour earned a silver medal in London in 1948, and Eugene Oberst captured the Bronze medal in Paris in 1924.
The former Ram, who won the PIAA championship in 2012 and the Big 10 championship in 2015 while at Penn State, threw a personal best – 83.21 meters - on Sept. 10 at a Europe vs. USA match at Dinamo National Olympic Stadium in Minsk, Belarus.
Shuey joins Kane’s Amy Rudolph as former District 9 athletes to compete at the Olympics. Rudolph ran the 5,000 meters in Atlanta in 1996 (placed 10th) and in Sydney Australia in 2000 (placed 21st). Chuck Daly, a 1948 Kane High graduate, who coached high school at Punxsutawney and led the Detroit Pistons to NBA titles in 1989 and 1990, earned a gold medal coaching the 1992 USA “Dream Team” in Barcelona, Spain. Daly passed away in May of 2009. Mike Shine from Youngsville won a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics in the 400-meter hurdles.